Ferrari 500 Superfast S1 to auction through Artcurial for $2.4m

A stunning Ferrari 500 Superfast S1 will join a strong line-up at Artcurial on February 7, 2014, as the auction house holds its sale during the famous Retromobile week in Paris.

Ferrari 500 Superfast S1
The Ferrari 500 Superfast Coupe sold at Bonhams in July

The 1964 Ferrari, as one of only 36 ever built, is expected to sell for between $2m and $2.4m.

The Ferrari 500 Superfast S1 was among the most exclusive cars of its day, as well as one of the most powerful. The 36 examples were built especially for Ferrari's most respected clients, and as such, the model remains one of the most desirable 1960s Ferraris on the market today.

It is capable of an impressive 170mph and is even reported to be able to reach 100mph in second gear.

The car at auction was bodied by Pininfarina in August 1964, and has covered just short of 60,000km from new. It first appeared on Pininfarina's stand at the Paris and Turin Motor Shows in 1964, and was bought by a Mrs Licia Viglia of Naples before featuring in the 1965 Ferrari Yearbook.

The car passed to CEO of Avis rental cars Joseph Vittoria in the US in the 1970s. Having spent a brief period in the UK and later returned to Europe, it was then bought at auction by the current owner in 2006, who completed an extensive restoration in Germany at 57,000km.

Bonhams sold a similar, Ferrari Classiche certified example of the 500 Superfast in July for £852,700 ($1.3m), and with the Ferrari market stronger than ever following the world record sale of a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO at the beginning of the month, the current lot looks set to meet its estimate.

Also appearing at Artcurial during Retromobile week will be a Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta, which is expected to sell for more than $12m.

RM Auctions will hold its first sale in Paris in the same week, offering the Harburg Collection of important competition cars.

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